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, the president's ally, helped the nra get it passed. no surprise that there's a big dose of politics involved here. jim acosta tonight is keeping 'em honest. >> when president obama signed national health care reform into law, few in washington knew that buried in the legislation's more than 900 pages was a gift to the nation's powerful gun lobby. but here it is. a provision entitled "protection of second amendment rights." it states the government and health insurers cannot collect any information relating to the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition. the provision was such a secret, "the washington post" reports that some people in the white house didn't even know it existed, despite being in the president's signature legislation. joan alger did notice it. >> who put it in there? it might surprise you to learn it was this man, the most powerful democrat in congress, senate majority leader, harry reid. but why? a democratic source close to the passage of the health care law tells cnn, this is what was viewed as a relatively benign way to make sure the national rifle assoc
in the accelerating debate on guns and gun control. gabrielle giffords and nra are making their voices heard in new ways. >>> also, egypt's new president joins me to talk about tahrir square. a one-time symbol of hope is now dirty and oppressive. >>> plus, a mystery that started with a winning lottery ticket and ended with a deadly poisoning. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with this afternoon's announcement that the national rifle association is joining the white house in the discussion of gun violence in america. a representative will meet with vice president biden this week. what will they be doing? lisa sylvester is walking into "the situation room" right now. you've been doing some reporting, lisa. what is the very latest? >> wolf, leaders from both the private and public sectors are offering specific proposals on gun control, all sides aware of how politically sensitive the issue has become and the leading voice comes from someone with the political and personal experience that is sure to command attention here in washington. on the two-year anniversary of the t
view to the nra. each ring true. each side can point to real-life incident to prove their point. and in a moment we will talk to general stanley mcchrystal on his view. but first, randi kaye. take a look. >> reporter: if you wonder whether or not real people with guns really do help prevent gun violence look no further than the shooting in this theater in december. and 9:30 a.m., december 17th, 19-year-old garcia allegedly opened fire at the restaurant. police say when the employees fled, the shooter chased after them in the parking lot firing at them. in the chaos he also shot at a san antonio patrol car after the officer shined a light on them. >> he was having a difficult time dealing with the breakup and that's what may have set him off to come over here and commit this act. >> garcia followed the employees into the mayan palace movie theater next door. he kept shooting as they poured out the exit doors. >> i'm glad i'm okay and i have another day with my son. >> one of the fleeing patrons was wounded but so many might have died had it not been for a quick thinking sergeant,
before a senate committee. as kyla campbell reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom the nra is ready to fight. >> reporter: the nra executive director is going before the senate in its first hearing on gun violence since the deadly school shoot newtown. wayne lap area is the new defender of gun rights. he will talk about how law- abiding gun owners should not -- and mark kelly the former congresswoman of gabby giffords. the couple is pushing for gun control through an organization they recently started. called americans for responsible solutions. >> reporter: the nra will have to go head to head with dianne feinstein. she introduced an assault weapons ban last week. what she is saying about the nra. live in washington kyla campbell ktvu channel 2 news. >>> also in san francisco this morning two conservative action groups are holding a news conference right outside senator feinstein's san francisco office. opposing her assault weapons ban. the western representation pack is teaming up with the women warriors pack. their news conference is set for 10:00 this morning at one post street.
it still works, and the notion that it just doesn't work -- this is one of the nra talking points. it's just fact rally false, and -- and again obviously, durbin's point that it's a deterrence to people to guy guns is also the obvious counter to that claim. but i come from a more rural part of connecticut, and obviously there are a lot of gun owners out here. background checks is just not a controversial item. >> stephanie: right, 92% of americans are for background checks, right? >> absolutely. and i have been meeting with police chiefs in my district lately, and they do the psi it will permit applications. and they have signing permits for people that they have no confidence that they really know their true nature. and that's the one item you hear over and over again. it extents not just to gun purchases but to gun permits, to have a stronger database of background checks. by the way it also fits totally within scalia's decision on the second amendment, so the notion that there is a second amendment problem, just read scalia's majority opinion. he explicitly stat
won't be winging it. that does it for us. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. >>> the nra's flip-flop of background checks. why they say they're against them now. plus, bob -- and the man who fooled manti te'o comes clean and talks about his real romantic feelings. a bizarre unveiling. let's go "outfront." good evening. i'm erin burnett. tonight, major nra flip-flop. at a hearing today, the head of the gun group shared his thoughts on background checks and as you might guess, he is against them. but, he wasn't always. jim acosta has the story. >> please, i'm not trying to play games here. >> it flared up early when patrick leahy grilled lapierre over background checks. >> you do not support mandatory background checks in all >> we do not because the fact is, law right now is a failure the way it's working. >> as it turns out, he was for background checks at gun shows before he was against them. and said so in 1999. >> we think it's reasonable to provide mandatory, instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show. no loopholes anywhere for anyone. >> when he was
congress is going to do. but it is an interesting moment that the nra is being brought to the table. that should be an encouraging sign that -- around that table there's going to be a nice balance of opinion. >> right. different voices. it's interesting, the nra claims $4.4 million was spent on congressional lobbying. the brady campaign spent $5,800. so there is a disparity in terms of the amount spent lobbying. but they all need to be around that table. there should be a happy medium. i think everyone agrees that the second amendment is there for a purpose, but let's reach a consensus on this. >> absolutely. there's no way you can have a healthy, balanced gun control debate without the nra at the table. they represent a significant part of the country. but that stat that mark kelly shared, 85% of kids killed in the world happen here in the u.s. killed by guns. i knew it was bad, but i didn't know it was that bad. >> staggering and sobering. >>> the suspected aurora theater gunman james holmes acted bizarrely in the moments after the shooting, according to detectives who questioned
control laws. executive vice president of the nra said the focus should be on making schools more secure, more aggressive. prosecution of gun criminals and fixing the country's mental health system. wayne la pierre says gun laws are not the answer. >> while we are ready to participate in a meaningful effort to solve these pressing problems we must disagree with some members of the committee and many in the media and all the gun control groups on what will keep our kids and keep our streets safe. law abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals. nor do we believe government should dictate what we clawfulln and use to protect our families. we have to be honest about what works and what does not work. proposals that would serve to burden the law abiding have failed in the past and will fail in the future. semi-automatic firearm technology has been around for a hundred years. they are the most popular guns for hunting, target shooting, self-defense. despite this fact, congress banned the manufacture and sale of hundreds of semi-automatic firearms and
congress. now the message the nra is delivering at that gun violence hearing this morning. >>> and chevron may not be done paying up after last summer's explosion. who else is planning on fighting the company. >>> a lot of sunshine. temperatures beginning to recover during this 8:00 hour. looking outside just buhl over the bey, there's the golden gate bridge -- bridge. temperatures back up to the upper 50s and low 60s. >>> severe weather in the south this is springfield, missouri. heavy rain causing flooding. at least one death is reported blamed on the storm. right now several southern states are under tornado warnings. >>> happening right now, a u.s. senate panel is hearing testimony on gun violence. as kyla campbell reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, former congresswoman gabrielle giffords gave her dramatic opening statement. >> reporter: she spoke only briefly and others continued testifying this hour. we're taking a live look at the hearing on capitol hill. it started about an hour ago, when gabby giffords testified and moved some to tears when she spoke. >> violence is a big
introduced an assault weapons ban last week and expected to have a lot to say to the nra executive director. wayne lapierre is testifying before the senate. >> he makes his claim that everybody is entitled to these weapons. my view everybody is seattleed to -- is entitled to be safe. >> reporter: what the group executive director is saying when i meet with you next. >>> also this morning two conservative action groups are holding a news conference outside of senator dianne feinstein's san francisco office. to oppose her assault weapons ban. the western representation pack is teaming up with the women warriors pack. the news conference is scheduled for 10:00 this morning at one post street. >>> your time is 6:17. this week oakland could lose the crime fighting help it has been getting from the california highway patrol if oakland doesn't start paying the chp for it crime fighting efforts. chp officers have been out there patrolling oakland for free. that deal will end this week. it's willing to help oakland for three more months. oakland mayor jean quan tells the tribune she hopes to use sta
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